CASE DESCRIPTIONS OF NON-LETHAL ATTACKS INVOLVING SETTING ON FIRE BY MONTH, DATE, AND CITY IN 2008:
TOTAL ATTACKS: 3
New York, New York
Homeless Man Robbed and Set on Fire
March 3: Larry Oxedine, a homeless man and client of Client Advocacy Program based in New York, was attacked on the L train on his way to visit family in Brooklyn. Five teenagers took his wallet, doused him with cigarette lighter fluid and then set him on fire. Two transit works saw him enflamed when the train pulled into the station and came to his aid. The EMS and police were contacted, and Oxedine pointed out the youths as they fled the station, allowing for transit workers to follow them. Oxedine was airlifted to a hospital, and was treated for second degree burns over his left leg. Police have arrested the five adolescents and convicted them of robbery and assault in the first degree.
March 23: Two homeless men were the victims of an attack on Easter Sunday in Bartlett, Tennessee. Brenner Holloman, one of the victims, was not injured in the attack from the attack but witnessed everything. The attackers, adult males ages 19-22, used Molotov cocktails, a homemade concoction that consists of a bottle filled with gasoline and set on fire. Holloman claimed the flames only made the attackers laugh harder, and “they thought it was funny all right, they absolutely did.” Holloman now says he can hardly recognize his friend, Jeffery Martin, 37. “It made me ill, he reports. “I just saw him yesterday, his head ballooned out to there…his scalp was taken off, his right hand is completely bandaged up…” Martin reports that it “was the worst pain I’ve ever been in my life.” Martin sustained second and third degree burns to his head, neck, ears, shoulders and hands. Police found the attackers to be 19 year-old Wesley Ray, 19 year-old Andrew Hicks, 19 year-old Zachary Parrish, and. 20 year-old Michael Grace, and 22 year-old John Eggleston. All five have been charged with attempted aggravated arson, and Parrish was charged with the additional attempted second degree murder, as police suspect he threw the flaming bottle at the victims. On July 31, 2009, Eggleston and Parish pleaded guilty and were sentenced to eight years in prison. Ray, Grace and Hicks are to appear in court in September.
Two Homeless Men Attacked by Teens
CONTENTS: Main page | pdf of full report | Acknowledgements | Dedication | Executive Summary | Purpose, Methodology, and Previous Reports | Introduction | Historical Summary of Hate Crimes/Violence Data for
1999-2008 | Summary of Hate Crimes/Violence Data in 2008 | Summary of Teen/Young Adult Involvement in Hate Crimes/Violent Acts | Summary of Ages of the Accused versus Ages of the Victims | Summary of Victims Who Were Middle-Aged | Cities where Hate Crimes/Violence Occurred in
2008 | Map of Cities where Hate Crimes/Violence
Occurred in 2008 | States where Hate Crimes/Violence Occurred in 2008 | Map of States where Hate Crimes/Violence Occurred in 2008 | Cities Where Hate Crimes/Violence Occurred – 1999-2008 | Map of Cities Where Hate Crimes/Violence Occurred – 1999-2008 | Comparison of Hate Crime Homicides vs. Lethal Attacks on
Homeless Individuals | National
Media Coverage of Hate Crimes/Violent Acts Against Homeless People | Video Exploitation of Homeless People | Recognizing Anti-Homeless Violence as Hate Crime, by Brian Levin | Legislation | Recommendations for Action | Model City/County/State Legislation/Resolutions | Adopted City/County/State Legislation/Resolutions | Public Education Initiatives | Listing of Incidents by City | Case Descriptions Involving Deaths | Case Descriptions Involving Non-Lethal Rape/Sexual Assault | Case Descriptions Involving Non-Lethal Setting on Fire | Case Descriptions Involving Non-Lethal Beatings | Case Descriptions Involving Non-Lethal Shootings | Case Descriptions Involving Non-Lethal Police Harassment/Brutality | Appendix
A: Sources | Appendix B: NCH Hate Crimes Public Service Ads |